UAE - June 14 - Shaikh Qasr Al Qasimi Demotes Eldest Son.
Shaikh Qasr Al Qasimi, the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, the
northern-most of the UAE, issues a decree, demoting his eldest son,
Shaikh Khaled, and appointing his fourth son, Shaikh Saud, as crown
prince. (Observers say the move could have serious ramifications within
the seven ruling families. Shaikh Qasr Al Qasimi has ruled since 1948.
Shaikh Khaled, who has been crown prince since 1966, has been the
emirate's de facto ruler for the past four years due to his
father's ill health). Police cars manned road blocks around Shaikh
Khaled's palace, in an apparent attempt to stop tribesmen loyal to
him meeting. At least one man was shot and wounded in demonstrations.
Shaikh Saud's palace was defended by armour-plated Humvees. On June
15, Shaikh Khaled said: "I have been deceived. I don't think
this is my reward for 40 years of service". Asked if he would
sanction an armed response to the decree, Shaikh Khaled said: "I
would never ask them to take up arms, but this is my state and I will
never leave it. It will be proven on the streets. If the people support
him [Saud], they should show it. If not, they won't. It's
black and white". Shaikh Saud was unavailable for comment.